Monday, August 16, 2010
The Crazy Carb Adventure Continues with a Visit from my Long Lost Friend, Protein!
Since beginning the "Breads & Breakfasts" Chapter in "Savor the Moment," I have been looking forward to making the Monterey Jack Corn Bread with Basil and Roasted Peppers (pg. 91) - I mean, how delicious does that sound? Also, since this crazy carb adventure has wreaked a bit of havoc on the scale, I decided to pair this fabulous bread with something on the lighter side that involved my old friend, protein! The Barbecued Chicken with Mango Salsa (pg. 173) seemed to fit the bill with homemade BBQ sauce, fresh mango salsa and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Also, since the grill was already hot, we went with the Grilled Asparagus with Roasted Peppers (pg. 214) as well.
I have to admit I was a little wary of the Barbecued Chicken simply because when I think of Barbecued Chicken I don't think of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I think of plump, juicy, bone in chicken breasts, thighs and legs with the skin very much ON! Are you with me? But in the spirit of a healthier, lighter meal, I was willing to give it a try. In the interest of full disclosure though, I did add boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
The Mango Salsa is a fabulous blend of mango, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice that I simply adored! I would definitely make this to go with other grilled fish or chicken dishes or just to enjoy with tortilla chips - delicious! The sauce for the chicken was also very good, calling for crushed tomatoes, mango, vinegar, sugar and chipotle chile in adobo sauce. Chipotles are smoked jalapeño peppers and adobo (Spanish for "sauce, seasoning or marinade") is a blend of tomato puree, garlic, vinegar, salt and spices. They are extremely flavorful and gave a delicious, spicy punch to the Barbecue Sauce. Once grilled, the heat of the chicken was nicely offset by the chilled Mango Salsa. I'm sorry to report I forgot to top the chicken with the salsa for the photo but trust me, it is awesome!
This meal was an interesting blend of delicious flavors and it was nice to enjoy a dish with protein again! I have included the recipe for the Monterey Jack Corn Bread with Basil and Roasted Peppers. Be sure to bake it long enough so you, too, are not left with an undercooked center! I hope you enjoy and please don't forget to savor the moment.
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil